Uzita Trail in HC Uzita Conservation Area
Uzita Trail is a Walk, Wade, Swim trail extending from mouth of Little Manatee River to Manatee County Line along western shoreline edge of Uzita Conservation Area in Hillsborough County. Wilderness trail provides an experience walking in foot steps of those first Indians that survived off fish and shell fish of Tampa Bay for some 700 years. Shell mounds dot islands left by original Indian Tribes. Only adventurist individuals should Walk, Wade, Swim this 12 mile unmarked, wilderness shoreline trail. Trail consist of sandy beaches, waist deep muddy waters, and channels to swim. Kayak or canoe needed to reach Paradise Key’s start and finish point; and to carry food, water, camera, fishing rods.
1. Parking and Launch Start Point > Put in/Take out Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp with kayak or canoe. Located at the end of Cockroach Bay Road off US-41 in Ruskin, Florida. There are no facilities at this site.
2. Start Point (Paradise Key) for South Walk, Wade, Swim Uzita Trail to Manatee County Line. From Paradise Key, kayak or canoe can be pulled South along shallow water shoreline on the Uzita Trail to Manatee County Line.
3. Hillsborough/Manatee County line. Return by kayak or canoe over seagrass flats to original start point (Paradise Key).
4. Start Point (Paradise Key) for North Walk, Wade, Swim Uzita Trail to Sand Key.
From Paradise Key, kayak or canoe can be pulled North along shallow water shoreline on the Uzita Trail.
5. Follow North shoreline of Sand Key eastward to rear entrance of Little Cockroach Bay. Return to Paradise Key by kayak or canoe through Little Cockroach Bay.
South Uzita Trail series of Keys and inlets;
North Uzita Trail series of Keys and inlets;
Check tides for your Walk, Wade, Swim Adventure!
For any additional information needed for Uzita Trail
contact Capt Gus Muench 813-645-6578,
Gus MuenchE-mail Address(es): email@example.com
All photos taken on a low tide.